Quick Change: The Basics

Step 1, Get dangerous toxic chemicals away from your eye balls. CHECK! Step 2, Stop ingesting toxic ingredients from your lips. Done and Done. Step 3, remove toxic ingredients from the entirety of your face…Bueller?  Bueller?

I get it, changing your foundation can be hard and annoying;  ESPECIALLY if you finally found one that’s your shade, with the coverage you want, and works how you want it to.

Photo by the amazing artist Iain Crawford

Changing your foundation is important though.  Your skin around your face is delicate and reactive and absorbent. What you put on your face, neck , and decolletage is WILL get absorbed into your blood stream, about 60-80% in fact.  If you rarely, if ever, wear foundation a) Go on with your bad ass self  b) wear what you want.  If you’re like me and wear something a few days a week -> every day of the week, LISTEN UP.

What kinds of things are found in foundations? Why I have a short list right here of some of the ingredients!

  • OXYBENZONE: Oxybenzone is a sunscreen ingredient associated with photoallergic reactions. This chemical absorbs through the skin in significant amounts. It contaminates the bodies of 97% of Americans according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • LILIAL: Lilial (butylphenyl methylpropanal) is a synthetic scent ingredient; associated with allergies and contact dermatitis
  • FRAGRANCE: The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.


These ‘Top 3″ offenders were taken from Nars’s Firming Foundation.  Any users? because these were 3 of TWENTY TWO ingredients that all came with usage warnings from EWG’s skin deep.



Fear not though, in the Words of No More Dirty Looks: ” A couple of years ago the stuff on the nontox market kinda blew, these days, there are some pretty sophisticated options out there, best of all, some of them are actually good for your skin”.

The easiest fix: MINERALS/POWDERS Mineral make up is actually a fad; weird I know. But it’s the simplest option especially if you have reactive skin since many of the ingredients that are in natural liquid/cream foundations are comedogenics (cloggers – yes that’s a word, which can cause breakouts) aren’t in them. They’re really 3 ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (SPF), & Iron Oxides. BOOM, done.

Remember it’s a fad, so people are taking these ingredients and adding a lot of stuff that doesn’t need to be there, including talc, talc is bad. Clay’s/tea’s are good.  Read your ingredients people. The one warning you need is no NANO.  Nano means no nano particles which are tinytinytiny particles you can inhale.

Here are some favorites:


I love tinted moisturizer for it’s ease of use. It’s light coverage, just enough to even things out and is easy to use: Squirt on hand, Rub on face, walk around like a total B.A. (I’m sure Emily is cringing as I write that).

Liquid Foundation is very similar and you can use brushes, your fingers, blender, etc. to put them on, and they’re the easiest to build coverage or if you want light coverage.  These are also great products for ‘dewy’ looks.

Last but not least: CREAM FOUNDATION

Cream’s are great for a soft velvety look for those who want to look like a sectional (JK I love creams), but if you have reactive skins Read your ingredients people. I tried one, love the coverage, immediately broke out, read the damn label (finally. der.) first ingredient? Coconut Oil. FACEPALM.  I will say that I love this product and recommend it to others, but it wasn’t a good fit for me, when it’s one of the first ingredients I usually break out. good thing I have 234,739 options (approximately). Cream’s can be harder to build for heaver coverage, but products can range for light to heavy coverage. It’s all about texture baby.

So Would you like me to tell you what I use???


  1. Honeybee Gardens in Illusion:  There are many great things about this pressed powder including it’s price, the coverage it gives (medium), and after a little spritz from my toner, looks really soft and stays all work day long. A word of warning, I happen to have a skin tone that matches her powder, but she only has five shades, so if you don’t match you’re out of luck. But this is a beautiful and affordable choice
  2. Lauren Brooke Cosmetics:  I got a sample of this and I LOVE this texture, it’s a light fluffy cream. There is silica in the product, but because its cream and can’t be inhaled, I’m OK with it.  Will I purchase? on the fence I’ve also got my eye on Devita’s whipped creme foundation
love every.damn.thing about this look

A note to darker skinned eco hotties.  Not all of these brands have a great range of color for their foundation, which seems insane to me. Sooooo….you’re job is to create foundations for only a fraction of the population? I have no idea.  It might be worth your while to contact a company that you want to try that doesn’t have a pigment for you, it may be in the works.  Below I’ve created a gallery that has the best companies for women of color.

Organic Beauty Talk and Live Hi Up (both stunning and intelligent green beauty bloggers of color) both have great rounds of this information too!
Go check ’em out!
What do you use??
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